Fitness goals

Fitness goals:

1. Finish beginning running program.
2. Be able to run a whole mile.
3. Do a pull-up
4. Do a split

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I did an intro yoga class a few years ago, and really liked the extra flexibility it gave me.

So when my employer offered free yoga classes once a week, I knew I had to sign up.

I start Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In which the Seeker has foot issues

Back in February, I started couch to 5k again, for the fourth or fifth time. I was really looking forward to feeling powerful again, getting my cardiovascular endurance up, bringing back visible muscle definition to my naturally strong legs, and enjoying the emotional evenness I get from running.

I set out for my warm-up walk, breathing in the unseasonably warm air, moving my feet with purpose in my new New Balance minimalist shoes, black, with yellow soles and turquoise details. The app on my phone beeped and said "begin running now." I was off. I sucked in the air and made sure to strike mid foot. I heard another beep and began walking. By the third or fourth running interval, I was beginning to tire, but determined to do this for myself.

Then, I felt a sudden discomfort in the sole of my right foot. You know that sound a rubber band makes when you snap it? I sensed something similar in my arch.

Several colleagues of mine run marathons, so I figured they'd have advice. One suggested plantar fasciitis and recommended a visit to a podiatrist, along with a stop to the running. I'm underinsured, and a podiatrist visit, well, that did not seem doable. I did have to make a necessary appointment with my primary care doctor for an unrelated reason, and figured I'd ask her. She suggested some stretches that didn't seem to help and referred me to a podiatrist.

I finally made the appointment and went. I still don't know how much the visit is going to cost me. Foot Doctor said my high arches were starting to fall, which was causing friction between bones in a metatarsal joint. His office sold me some middle-grade insoles which will have to do until I get better insurance, either through a change in work or my upcoming marriage, whichever comes first.

So now my sunscreen should have finally sunk in, and my inhaler should take effect soon, and I'm off.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thinking ahead to 2012 goals

In 2012, I would like to be able to:

1. Complete a 5k. I'm planning on doing one in March.
2. Do a pull-up.
3. Do a split.
4. Find a way to eat somewhat less haphazardly - plan more, go nuts less.
5. At the very least, every day go for a walk or ride the bike to nowhere.

I have a few challenges, though. I have to be at work too early to do anything in the morning, and I'm starting a second job 3x week that will give me 3 10-hour days. Feeding myself during the day and getting food-prep made easy those days is going to be super important. Otherwise, I know I'll stop at the store on the way home and shove a candy bar down my face.

So, I'd need to make sure that I can get a good breakfast (that can be eaten in about 10 minutes at 7:20 a.m.), split lunch into a meal for my lunch break (I usually get to sit down with my food around 11:45), have a healthy snack I can eat in the car from Job A to Job B (2:30ish), and a dinner that won't be too hard to put together when I get home so I can be eating by 7.

Also, this presents an interesting challenge in that I need to find the time to exercise.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trying again

Yesterday I did the first day of Couch to 5K again. It was stupid hot out, but I still really liked getting out there.

Today, I tried Al Kavadlo's zero equipment workout and wussed out halfway through.

Monday, June 13, 2011


W1D1 done. Feet hurt. Lungs are remarkably ok. Inhaler seems to work.

New week, new resolve

Yesterday, I went with the man on a long walk around the city - we went about four miles.

Right now, I'm sitting on my chair waiting ten minutes so I can see if my new inhaler helps any with running. I'm pretty much planning on doing the first day of Couch to 5k and seeing what happens.

I've been sitting in uncomfortable chairs all day long, and now I am fidgety. Plus, it's beautiful outside!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I fell off the wagon

And my health is not happy about it.

I need to make some changes, and having a place to post about what I was up to helped.

So. Here are my goals:

1. Do some sort of resistance training twice a week.
2. Do some sort of aerobic exercise - enough to make me sweat - three times a week.
3. Give those moisture-wicking t-shirts I bought a real road test.

I have no excuse now - as now I have an inhaler which will make breathing during exercise a ton easier. I'm sick of waking up all stiff for no good reason - bring back the good pain!